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Breast Augmentation Considerations
Women by the thousands either have considered or are currently thinking about changing their appearance by way of breast augmentation. This surgical procedure involves much more than just making your breast larger or shapelier for strictly cosmetic reasons.
For example, many new mommies want to get their shape back after having a baby and start exercising and changing their eating habits. Breast augmentation is sometimes considered as part of their self-styled physical and mental fitness program.
And some women may have experienced long term and deep seated self concept issues because they have always felt their breast size was smaller than normal.
Then there are the therapeutic reasons for breast augmentation, such as reconstructing one or both breasts due to cancer related breast surgery or reconstruction following a serious accident. The surgery in itself is well documented as an option for women with the desire, and the money, to opt for the procedure.
Here are a few things that you may find helpful to know if you are considering breast augmentation.
- First and foremost, check with your doctor and if you haven't done so already, get yourself a thorough exam. It is important to know everything you can know about your body's condition.
- Following your exam, be sure to speak openly and candidly to your doctor about the fact you are considering breast augmentation. Get your questions answered about the procedure. You're doctor may refer you to a specialist for this part of the process.
- KEEP THE APPOINTMENT!
- Many of your friends and family may not notice your "new look." It is not unusual for you to have to explain, even to your best friend, that you've had a boob job. Surprising as it may seem, most people are so deeply concerned about their own body image they may not even notice your changes unless you point them out. Don't take it personally. It's just human nature.
- By the way, make sure your doctor or specialist helps you reach an understanding about your expectations about how the change will affect your life. The goal is for you to have a set of realistic expectations. Think about it, if your friends don't notice, your coworkers and your boss may also not notice the change. Make sure you prepare yourself for this often experienced post-surgical reality check.
Let's look at the technical options for your breast augmentation.
Most often, even though early silicon implants were problematic, new high-tech production improvements are on the way to bringing silicon implants back into the marketplace, so to speak. However, currently only certain approved research study groups are approved for using silicon implants in breast augmentation surgery. If you're interested, you'll want to Google "silicon implant research groups" or ask Dr. Berzin if a referral can be arranged.
At the top of the list of breast augmentation procedures is the use of saline filled appliances. Their use is widespread, primarily due to the relative safety of saline in the medical environment. Naturally if peace of mind is important you'll want to consider saline implants as a primary choice.
And Now For The Disclosures:
- Any surgical procedure exposes the patient to a level of risk, regardless of health, and surgeon's skills and experience. Be aware of the facts of breast augmentation surgery.
- A condition referred to as capsular contracture is related to post operative scarring. Basically this means the scar around the healing areas can begin to become tight. While this can be uncomfortable, it is best to speak with the doctor about how to deal with this issue should it occur.
- Another condition one could experience is bleeding following the surgery.
- Post-operative swelling with associated pain.
- Some patients mention their nipples become sensitive or lose sensitivity.
- Some patients experience infection in the post-operative period.
- A rare but potential experience with a ruptured and deflated saline implant. Fortunately the saline solution is easily absorbed by the body's tissues and organs. Naturally the situation would be more critical in the case of silicon implants.
- According to AMA sponsored research, some women who have undergone breast augmentation have experienced symptoms that match immune system impacts such as scleroderma and even ailments that resemble arthritis.
- Post operative complaints about joint pain and swelling, fever fatigue and breast pain. While the FDA's research has not yet found anything related to the outcomes that suggest connective-tissue concerns as part of the breast augmentation post-operative experience, more studies are being initiated and are underway.
Keep in mind that deciding on breast augmentation is a most personal decision. Only your decision and comfort with the issues and potential outcomes is of utmost importance. Do not expect your peers, family and friends to understand completely.
It is of utmost importance that you are comfortable with your own feelings about all of your choices, especially in regard to breast augmentation surgery.